Painting your home is never a simple choice. This is especially true when it comes to its interior. While making things cozy is certainly a priority, it’s also important to keep things stylish in any home. One of the most popular and simple ways to do this is adding an accent wall to make the room pop! You might be wondering what color of paint to use as an accent, which wall would work best, or if an accent wall even makes sense in your home.
We understand that these questions may feel a touch overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to make painting your home simple. Read on to learn some of our tips for selecting and painting an accent wall for the interior of your home.
To Accent or Not to Accent
Before you learn about the ins and outs of painting an accent wall, you should decide if one even makes sense in your home. From our perspective, there’s a color of paint that will work great as an accent in any room of your home. That being said, accent walls sometimes clash with the design of the rest of your home. For instance, it generally isn’t recommended to add an accent wall to a large room because it can make the space feel too large—the opposite of the cozy feeling we all want in our homes. Alternatively, small rooms often benefit from accent walls which can both add some excitement and make the space seem larger. It’s also worthwhile to add an accent wall to your home if you’d like to draw attention to a specific detail in a room, such as an art piece. The right shade of paint can draw everyone’s eyes that direction.
What You Should Accent
Now, you’ve decided that an accent wall may be the right choice for the inside of your home. Before you rush out to buy paint, it’s time to decide what you actually want to accent! This is the step where you can really allow your personal sense of style to shine through. You may want to draw guests’ eyes to an interesting architectural feature, painting, or even sculpture. Or maybe you want an accent wall that matches your furniture, giving the room a cohesive feel. No matter what, be sure to choose a specific aspect of the room to accent—otherwise, painting an accent wall won’t make any sense.
Keep Architecture in Mind
When choosing which wall to paint, we cannot emphasize the importance of analyzing the architecture of your home enough! While our dreams for a home are limitless, we do have to work within the confines of the space. With this in mind, check if the room has any walls that are either recessed or far from the room’s entrance. These walls are often the best accents as a bold color of paint will emphasize their unique features and give the room depth.
Paint with Caution
When painting the interior of your home, it can be easy to get carried away. On paper, complicated and busy designs sound great. In reality, they can make a room feel confused. When it comes to painting an accent wall, we recommend less paint rather than more. Namely, your accent wall will be most effective if it is small! Ensuring that your accent is a smaller portion of the room allows it to really pop and prevents the paint color from overwhelming the space.
Choosing the Right Paint Color
Here’s the fun part! You’ve decided that your home needs an accent and have picked the perfect wall. Now, you need to decide on a paint color. We encourage you to be open minded during this process. Never be afraid to pick a dozen paint swatches to test things out. And when picking out colors to sample, be sure to get a wide range. Colors that might seem to bold in the store could look beautiful in your living room. Alternatively, the colors you love at the store could feel a bit too plain to serve as an accent wall when you get home. And never forget to compare your paint swatches to more than just the wall you plan to have painted. Because this is an accent wall, you want to be sure the color doesn’t clash with any other features in the room.
Call Us to Get the Paint Job Done
At the end of the day, painting your home is a very personal process. After all, everyone who visits will notice your accent wall immediately. That’s the point! Guests can tell when you have put a lot of thought into the design of your home’s interior and quality paint is a great way to send a message. Once you’ve settled on colors and walls, reach out to our team. We’ll proudly help you take your interior design to the next level, one coat of paint at a time.
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Before starting any wall painting project, it's important to prepare the walls before they are painted. This first, and most important step, is usually the one done poorly or skipped altogether by painters with little experience. But I've learned that a properly prepared wall makes all the difference between a new coat of paint looking ok and looking fantastic.
In newer houses the walls may not need much prep work. If the house and/or paint is old and peeling off, then it will need to be completely removed before new paint is added. You can remove the old paint with a sander or a paint stripper and scraper. Paint strippers include harsh chemicals and can be dangerous to use. Paint scrapers involve more work, but usually the end result is much better.
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